Feb 152018
 

Thank you Issaquah School District families and community members for voting in the February 2018 Special Election. We at VIS greatly appreciate your support of our campaign as we continue to provide advocacy in support of diverse school programs, technology improvements, staffing at all grade levels, and modernized transportation.

These are the Feb. 14th ballot results. We’ll keep updating info until election is certified on Feb. 23, 2018.

Feb 052018
 

The next one is coming up on February 12th with two times: 7-8:30am and 5-6:30pm.

This is a GREAT OPPORTUNITY for middle school and high school students to earn community service volunteer hours. Wednesday morning is late start, making it easy to do!

Please sign up here if you can help:
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0F4DA9A829AAF49-2018

Jan 302018
 

Thank you to all the organizations that have endorsed and support the (3) February 2018 ISD Levies.

 

To see a list of individuals who have endorsed or if you would also like to endorse the February levies, click here

Jan 162018
 

The first one is coming up on January 24th with two times: 7-8:30am and 5-6:30pm.

This is a GREAT OPPORTUNITY for middle school and high school students to earn community service volunteer hours. Wednesday morning is late start, making it easy to do!

Please sign up here if you can help:
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0F4DA9A829AAF49-2018

 

Nov 292017
 

Issaquah School Board Approves Two Year Educational Programs and Operations Replacement Levy, One Year Transportation Replacement Levy, and Four Year Critical Repair/Technology Replacement Levy

Issaquah, WA— The Issaquah School Board approved a two-year Educational Programs and Operations (EP&O) levy to be placed on the February 2018 ballot at a special public meeting held Monday, November 27. If approved by voters, the EP&O levy would authorize the District to collect $81.2 million over a two-year period, replacing the levy that expires on December 31, 2018.

By approving the two-year EP&O levy, the board rescinded their original October 11, 2017 resolution for a four-year EP&O levy. No changes were made to the $69.5M four-year Critical Repair and Technology and one-year $2M Transportation replacement levies that were approved on October 11, 2017.

The Board’s decision to place a two-year EP&O levy on the ballot was the result of many weeks, days, and hours of thoughtful deliberation by the Board and engagement with the community and local legislators. At issue for many districts, including ISD, has been understanding the impact of the new state school funding model enacted by the legislature in June 2017—one of the most significant shifts in education funding in Washington State’s history.

“The two year option gives us time to truly evaluate how the new state funding will impact the Issaquah School District, and remain fiscally responsible and responsive to the tax burdens on our residents,” said ISD Board President Lisa Callan. “We are extremely fortunate to have such an engaged community bringing their voice to these important decisions, valuing a great education and fiscal responsibility. With their input, we believe we struck the right balance with this levy proposition. It is very exciting to provide new programs and supports our students need and our community wants and expects, and to be able to lower our local levy tax burden in light of the state’s increase. As we transition to the new state funding model, we appreciate the tough work the legislators are doing to reduce inequities in education funding and the support of our taxpayers who make every child’s future brighter in the Issaquah School District.”

More information about all three replacement levies is available on the Issaquah School District Website at https://www.issaquah.wednet.edu/district/levy-issues-february-2018. Send questions about the levy by email to Levy2018@issaquah.wednet.edu or call Chief of Finance and Operations, Jake Kuper at 425.837.7024.

https://www.issaquah.wednet.edu/news-details/2017/11/29/issaquah-school-board-approves-two-year-educational-programs-and-operations-replacement-levy-one-year-transportation-replacement-levy-and-four-year-critical-repair-technology-replacement-levy
Nov 132017
 

Issaquah School Board Special Meeting to be Held November 27

            The Issaquah School Board has directed District staff to develop a two-year Educational Programs and Operations levy proposition for consideration and possible action by the Board at a special meeting to be held on Monday, November 27. The meeting is open to the public and will begin at 6:00 p.m. at the ISD Administration Center located at 565 NW Holly Street in Issaquah.

The Board had previously, on October 11, approved three renewal levy measures to be put before voters on the February 2018 ballot, including a four-year Educational Programs and Operations (EP&O) Levy, a four-year Critical Repair and Technology levy and a one-year Transportation levy.  Since taking that action, the Board and District staff have continued to engage the community and our local legislators in conversations seeking clarity on the impact of the new state funding model enacted by the Washington State Legislature in June 2017—one of the most significant shifts in education funding in our State’s history.

The Board directed staff to develop a two-year EP&O levy after many hours of thoughtful deliberation and public input at the November 8 school board meeting. The Board expressed its desire to align the amount of levy dollars the District asks for with the values of our community and its expectations for high-quality schools and publicly recognized the District’s long history of keeping tax rates stable and track record of fiscal responsibility. The District will post information announcing the special meeting and the Board’s pending decision on its website at www.issaquah.wednet.edu.

https://www.issaquah.wednet.edu/news-details/2017/11/13/issaquah-school-board-to-revisit-educational-programs-and-operations-renewal-levy-ballot-proposition—special-meeting-to-be-held-november-27
Nov 072017
 

ISD School Board meeting Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017 at 7:00pm  565 NW Holly Street, Issaquah, WA 98027

7:15 PM     Public Input on items not already scheduled for discussion on the agenda.       Public Input.pdf
7:45PM Resolutions 1107, 1108, and 1109 regarding the Sale of the Volpe Properties – Board

The Board will consider three resolutions with regard to the purchase of property.

 7:55 PM Resolution 1106 – 2018 Revised Educational and Operations Levy Ballot Measure – Thiele/Kuper

The Administration will be bringing forward a new recommendation for a Revised Education and Operations Levy Ballot Measure with possible action after Board discussion.

Action to be taken: Potential Motion

1) I move the Board adopt Resolution 1106 (which supersedes/replaces Resolution 1102) and, authorizes a replacement levy for education. This replacement levy funds district education programs and school operations, and authorizes the following excess levies to replace an expiring levy on all taxable property within the District:

Collection Years       Approximate Levy Rate     Levy Amount
2019                        $1.13  /$1,000 AV              $ 35,500,000
2020                       $1.51  /$1,000 AV              $ 50,000,000
2021                        $1.55  /$1,000 AV             $ 54,000,000
2022                       $1.58  /$1,000 AV             $ 58,000,000

The administration will present the resolution developed by legal counsel to authorize the revised levy measure which may be presented to the voters in February, 2018.

ISD School Board website: https://www.issaquah.wednet.edu/board